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leadership advice

Get The Right People On The Bus: Leadership Advice from Duke Coach Mike K

Mike Krzyewski has the most wins of any coach in men’s division I college basketball. He also just won his 5th NCAA championship, so he knows a thing or two about team building and leadership.

I was privileged to hear Coach K speak at the Envestnet Advisor Summit 2015, held last week in warm and sunny Chicago.  His comments are summarized here based on the most popular tweets sent out during his presentation.

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10 Habits of a Successful Boss

10 Traits of a Successful Boss

Traits of a Successful BossWhat makes a great boss or leader?

Do you find that the people you should be leading are put off by you, resentful, or simply choose not to respect you?

What kind of people did you find yourself following throughout your life, what were the qualities that they had, why did you feel so comfortable submitting yourself to these people?  Success in everything requires the ability to look to those that came before you, and learning from their strengths and weaknesses, and being able to apply those qualities to your work.

This post is our kick off our March giveaway, in which two winners shall receive a copy of the best selling business title, Good Boss Bad Boss, How to be The Best…and Learn From The Worst, by Robert L Sutton.  Do you have the necessary traits of successful bosses?  Read the book and find out!

Click here to enter the Good Boss, Bad Boss Giveaway

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creating engaging presentations

5 Rules for Creating Engaging Presentations

“Graphical excellence is that which gives to the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time with the least ink in the smallest space.”

-Edward Tufte

Edward Tufte is an expert in the field of data visualization. While his methods may seem quite simple, they can be difficult for people to grasp in our world of information overload. With the entire Internet at our fingertips and 24-hour news cycles blasting massive amounts of content at us all the time, a streamlined approach almost seems impossible. Nonetheless, E.T. (as he is known) is revolutionizing the way we get our ideas across to audiences.

This is not to imply that your average audience can’t handle large concepts or high-volumes of data when it is presented. Instead, what he focuses on is changing and perfecting how that data is shown to your audience. As E.T. has said, “If the statistics are boring, then you’ve got the wrong numbers.”

I recently attended one of his conferences and it was a fantastic learning experience! His main theme was reducing confusion in your presentations and making information clear and concise for your audience. He provided a lot of valuable tips and I will share a few of them with you here.

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brand ambassadors

5 Smart Strategies for Converting Employees Into Brand Ambassadors

Many companies are seeing the benefits of working with brand ambassadors, which is creating a lot of opportunities for bloggers to connect with brands, and to benefit from the opportunities that come with working directly with a brand. Unfortunately, these relationships can cost brands a lot of money, and the results may not always be what they hoped or planned for.

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Best Tweets of the Week, Feb 8-15

From giveaways, to advice from the great Steve Jobs, it’s been quite the eventful week on the Think Like A Consultant blog and our social media followers have been responding.  We would love to share with you, our most popular and best tweets of the week.

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Here are our Best Tweets of the Week:

A fantastic article about simple steps to help take control over your life.  Sometimes it’s as easy as just saying ‘No’.

How to Survive ‘The Curse of the Disorganized Boss’ continues to be one of our most popular posts.  Everyone seems to be able to relate to this problem.

Communication, acceptance of change and focus on goals are a few of the positive signs that you have a happy workplace.  Or perhaps, maybe they are guideposts for how you can change things at your company to turn your company into a happy place.

And finally, a little humor.  I was in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport over the weekend on my way home from a conference when I had a craving for ice cream. Unfortunately, DFW has five terminals with 70 restaurants!  How was I supposed to know if there was ice cream in terminal C?

Enter my life saver, Yelp!  I don’t know what made me try it, but I did and it came through with flying colors!  Haagen Dazs, here I come!

Thanks for reading our Best Tweets of the Week!


 

No Sign

Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No” to Your Boss

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”

— Steve Jobs, Co-founder and former CEO, Apple

Sometimes, there simply is no room in your business life to be a ‘people pleaser’ all the time. Taking a page from Steve Jobs, we learn that successful and innovative people know when to say “no”.  We forget that “No” can be a complete sentence. It’s short, to-the-point, and most importantly, it helps you stay focused on the aspects of your job which actually do matter.  Why are we afraid to say no?

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Digital Brick Wall

4 Reasons Why People Hide Behind Technology Walls

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards”.

— Aldous Huxley, Author

Advances in technology have enhanced our lives in a number of ways. From MRI machines that can peer inside our bodies to hybrid cars that reduce pollution to smartphones with GPS, cameras and the entire Internet in the palm of our hands, there is hardly an aspect of our lives that has not been improved by technology.

However, as the author of Brave New World points out, there is a down side to the advance of technology. His novel describes an anti-utopian world, 600 years in the future, where all human relationships have been eliminated and humanity is divided into rigid castes to facilitate government control.why people hide behind technology

While I doubt his vision will become reality, there are people who do use technology to create a barrier between themselves and the rest of society. They seem to avoid physical interactions at all costs and insist on communicating primarily via electronic means.

In this article, I’m going to go through some ways to handle a boss or co-worker who has created a “virtual wall”, or if you think you may have, as well as the values of more personal communication and how to stimulate it.

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